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Shackled to my Family by [Younis, Samina]
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3.5 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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Length: 208 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford eBooks; 3 edition (22 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O58JNS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sheila Camp VINE VOICE on 2 July 2016
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This book brings to light the religious beliefs of a Pakistani Muslim family and opens your eyes as to what goes on if you didn't already know. Samina's family practice the tradition of forced marriage and Samina and her sister went to Pakistan where Samina found out she must marry her second cousin.
It just goes to show how her life was - she was beaten when her periods started!
Samina was born in Britain and only wanted to live as British girls did, wear make-up, have a boyfriend etc. She meets Tariq who is very understanding, but they end up going their separate ways.
It was even suggested that Samina and her sister take out an injunction against the family members who were a threat to them.
I've read quite a few books about Muslim culture and it's still distressing.
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This story is very sad and opens up all sorts of questions as to how falsed marriages are still taking place,there must be more that can be done for young women like this. A must read to open your eyes to what is wrong in this culture
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I really didn't like this book. I feel guilty to the author, Samina, for saying this, because I'm sure that she's been through a hard time. But, to be honest, after a few chapters full of full stops, and no other punctuation, I found her book incredibly boring and rambling, so I never got to find out what a hard time she'd had. I'm really interested in this genre, after reading 'A Fathers Betrayal', by Gabriella Gillespie; Maybe Samina needs to tell her story to a ghost writer.
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Not particularly interesting, and it seemed to go on for ever. I was disappointed with how the author still seemed to care for her family after she had broken away from them. They had been so bad to her. It was as if she had been brainwashed to think how she had been treated was okay. She needs to bring her own thinking up to date.
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By I am probably a human VINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2013
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This touching and harrowing story is even stronger for being true. As someone who is white/British the events that play out are shocking but also really informative and educational about a culture I'm unfamiliar with. The lead has shown great courage in making her story heard.
The book is well written and engaging throughout.
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After reading 'Shame' by Jasvinder Sanghera and 'Belonging' by Sameem Ali, both excellent books on the subject of forced marriage, along with 'Shamed' by Sarbjit Kaur Athwal regarding the honour killing of her sister in law and also a very inspiring and well written book I had high hopes for 'Shackled to my Family' by Samina Younis.

Unfortunately this book is a very poor relation to the previous mentioned books, very poorly written, with no cohesion or flow, and as a result it is very difficult to get into and root for the writer and her sister.

Though I have nothing but respect for a woman who has clearly escaped a forced marriage and violent family the story does feel one sided and without a clear end point, in fact the book ends on a particularly low note. After taking us through the first 16 years of her life in detail the end feels rushed and incomplete.

It is for these reasons not a book I can recommend nor will re read and do not feel it should be a paid for book at all. 1/5, I feel bad saying I hate it but I really, really didn't enjoy it and only finished it out of hope it would get better. It didn't.
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I enjoyed this. I like reading about other cultures and in this book we discover that there is a lot of manipulation carried out by the Asian parents through arranged marriages . I do wonder whether the mother's regret losing their daughters when they make a break for freedom or whether their religion comes before the happiness of their children.
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This book is full with examples how the muslim girls are treated, the experiences of the pakistanian girl are true and they only telling us that we are the person who decides for our life, for our future and destiny! This book have one massage only and that is
TAKE YOUR LIFE IN YOUR HANDS, DONT LET THE OTHERS TO DECIDE INSTEAD OF YOU !!!
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